Plastic gun sparks police response

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 20:30 11/03/2014

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A man carrying a plastic gun sparked an armed police callout in Invercargill this evening.

Police southern communications Inspector Mike Coulter said two people called police about 5pm today to report a man walking around with a hand gun in one hand and a can of beer in the other.

The man was said to be walking around the Inglewood Rd area, which was cordoned off during the police's search.

The gun was later found to be plastic, Mr Coulter said.

Southland area commander Inspector Lane Todd said some police officers who responded to the incident were armed.

The armed offenders squad was also paged but the matter was resolved before they arrived. 

The man, in his mid-20s, was found and taken to the Invercargill police station.

He was being interviewed tonight in relation to an allegation of presenting an imitation firearm, Mr Todd said.

Mr Todd was unsure whether charges would be laid.

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